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11th Nov 2023

Grand Theft Auto fans concerned ‘woke culture’ will ruin GTA 6

Charlie Herbert

Grand Theft Auto fans concerned ‘woke culture’ will ruin GTA 6

Reports have suggested Grand Theft Auto game will be ‘more culturally sensitive’

Some Grand Theft Auto fans seem to be concerned that GTA 6 will be ruined by being too “woke” after the game was confirmed earlier this week.

The gaming series has become famous for its crude humour and extreme violence, and Rockstar Games have used satirical comedy to take aim at pretty much every social group you can think of over the years.

The games are also loved for the way they skewer the consumerism of America and the celebrity culture of Hollywood.

But some fans are worried that Rockstar may decide to reign things in a bid to adhere with so-called ‘woke culture.’

The first alarm for these people was when reports emerged that GTA 6 would feature a female protagonist and would be “more culturally sensitive” than its predecessors.

In a post on Reddit, one user shared a meme mocking the ‘woke left’ and suggesting that not buying the game because it will be more “culturally sensitive” is a rational conclusion.

But another user questioned what all the fuss was about, writing: “I see people complaining about the new upcoming game by RockStar in Facebook and here in reddit for being too woke? And about a first female lead, what wrong with that too?”

Responding to the post, one user explained what the main debate was in the GTA community.

They wrote that things like a Latina female lead and a “concerted effort to not ‘punch down’ by making jokes about marginalized groups” had lead to some people concluding Rockstar was ‘going woke.’

They continued: “Some in this group feel that part of the appeal of the GTA series is that ‘it makes fun of everybody’ and that the changes are going to turn away series fans in an attempt to appeal to a group that won’t buy GTA VI anyways.”

Others agreed that they had no idea what the fuss was about, pointing out that the moment you actually listen to the dialogue of GTA games and their stories, you realise that they’ve all been ‘woke’ but that they just were released when there wasn’t such a focus on culture wars in society.

Making this very point, one person wrote: “My favourite part about this ‘controversy’ is that if you spend 5 minutes in GTA V or GTA IV looking at and listening to the in-game culture and commercials and movies and whatnot; they’re all woke as f**k, there just wasn’t that term/the culture wars 10 years ago when 5 came out.”

After years of anticipation, GTA 6 was finally confirmed earlier this week by Rockstar who confirmed that a trailer for the game will be released in early December.

Posting on Twitter, Rockstar wrote: “Next month marks the 25th anniversary of Rockstar Games. Thanks to the incredible support of our players worldwide, we have had the opportunity to create games we are truly passionate about.

“Without you, none of this would be possible, and we are so grateful to all of you for sharing this journey with us.

“In 1998, Rockstar Games was founded on the idea that video games could come to be as essential to culture as any other form of entertainment, and we hope that we have created games you love in our efforts to be part of that evolution.

“We are very excited to let you know that in early December, we will release the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto. We look forward to many more years of sharing these experiences with all of you. Thank you, Sam Houser.”

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